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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lisbon man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for having child pornography and soliciting people to rape and sexually assault children

A Lisbon man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for having child pornography and soliciting people to rape and sexually assault children.

David Grunden, 34, previously pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of advertising child pornography.

Grunden solicited adults to be recorded having sex with children. Grunden posted at least 13 solicitations on adult bulletin boards between January and June 2018, including messages such as: “I love beating the life out of children. Gives me such a sexual rush. Even better when their parents are watching in horror,” according to court documents.

Grunden also received numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct between 2014 and 2017. A search warrant was executed at Grunden’s residence on October 26, 2018. Investigators located more than 7,500 images of child pornography during the search, including images of children under the age of five years old being raped, according to court documents.

“Young children were raped to in order to produce the images this defendant downloaded and consumed,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “Real children had their lives destroyed, and this defendant was actively soliciting people to subject more children to torture. The community is safer with this man behind bars.”

“Possessing, producing and sharing child pornography is despicable,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “To add in the desire to sexually torture children goes beyond comprehension.  For his heinous acts, David Grunden will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars where he will no longer be a threat to kids."

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Deckert following an investigation by the FBI, the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated July 30, 2019